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EchoTheBunnymen-01-bigFantastic main announcement for the Laneway Festival in 2010! Highlights for Doubtful Sounds have to be Black Lips, Wild Beasts (our potential album of 09), Daniel Johnston, Echo And The Bunnymen and The XX who we have had on rotation recently.

  • Echo & The Bunnymen
  • Florence and The Machine
  • Black Lips
  • The XX
  • Daniel Johnston #
  • Sarah Blasko
  • N.AS.A
  • Eddy Current Suppression Ring
  • Hockey
  • Dappled Cities
  • Mumford and Sons #
  • Radio Clit
  • The Very Best
  • Wild Beasts #
  • Whitely
  • The Middle East
  • Kid Sam
  • Dirty Three *

# not appearing at Adelaide
* Melbourne only

There have also been a few location changes for next year’s events, including the Sydney leg of the tour moving from downtown Sydney out to sunny Rozelle.

Friday, January 29: Alexandria St off St Paul’s Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
Saturday, January 30: Footscray Community Arts Centre (FCAC), Melbourne
Sunday, January 31: Sydney College of the Arts (SCA), Rozelle, Sydney
Monday, February 1: Britomart Station, Auckland
Friday, February 5: Fowler’s Live, North Terrace, Adelaide
Saturday, February 6: Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge, Perth

Tickets on sale Fri 30th October via Greentix

REVIEW: JACK LADDER @ The Annandale Hotel (28/06/09)

Jack Ladder
photo | chris familton

Written for FasterLouder. Thanks to Antony McDonald for some great photos.

Sunday night gigs at the Annandale are a great way to start the new week. Seeing three bands and being home by 10pm is a pretty good night out and Jack Ladder even made the tongue-in-cheek comment about not leaving the stage before the encore to save time so we could catch the end of Rove.

Melbourne’s Teeth & Tongue set a pretty high standard with their dark indie guitar pop and they have a charismatic front-person in singer/guitarist Jess Cornelius. With a debut album already released they showed a maturity in their music, not feeling they had to ‘rock out’ for the audience. They displayed a fine balance between dark and moody PJ Harvey styled songs and the more angular distorted ones. Cornelius switched to keyboards to sing the tender and quirky ‘Lightness To My Bones’ with its high notes and lilting chorus and captured the full attention of the crowd, it was impressive stuff.

photos | chris familton + antony mcdonald
photos | chris familton + antony mcdonald

Kid Sam are a two-piece also out of Melbourne. Any preemptive White Stripes comparisons should be immediately dismissed as these guys operate in a pretty unique way. The cousins Kishore and Kieran Ryan are clearly keen to deconstruct standard indie song structures by adding pots and pan percussion and some fascinating guitar playing.
Kieran possesses a voice that is tender and vulnerable but still strong. He has a warble that infuses his lyrics with romantic poeticism, particularly on tracks like ‘Close Your Eyes And It All Goes Black’. They won the audience over with their inventiveness and a simple approach to melody and rhythm.

photos | antony mcdonald + chris familton
photos | antony mcdonald + chris familton

This was the first night of Jack Ladder’s first headline tour around Australia. Quite surprising given that he won the 2009 Red Bull Australian Music Prize and received a lot of positive press for his second album Love Is Gone.

kirin callinan | photo chris familton
kirin callinan | photo chris familton

Tonight Ladder introduced version 2.0 of his live band with the addition of guitarist Kirin Callinan whose presence definitely added to the dynamic of the band. Gone was the crisp soul and rock & roll sound from earlier shows. It is now replaced with a denser sonic swirl, largely due to the guitar effects of Callinan adding a majestic wash of texture across the songs.

Ladder has a killer live band behind him but it never overshadowed his growing skill as both a songwriter and singer. On a couple of new songs he showed where his songs are heading, settling into storytelling grooves rather than trading in standard verse/chorus formats. His voice and on-stage demeanor were strong as he switched between a deep Tindersticks croon and Nick Cave yelps and growls.

Behind him the Pivot/Triosk boys whipped up a thrashing and pulsing rhythmic foundation, knowing when to sit back – on ‘I Love Your Mind’ – and then push forward with a nervous energy on others like ‘The Barber’s Son’.

You can see the band really building over this tour into a tremendous unit, varying the tempo, aggression, soul and mood of the songs and creating some strong anticipation for his next album. On tonight’s performance the third record should see him evolving and exploring some new and fascinating places.

photo | antony mcdonald
photo | antony mcdonald
jack ladder | photos chris familton + antony mcdonald
jack ladder | photos chris familton + antony mcdonald